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Technology crime police were sent to Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province to trace the origins of the 347,000 SIM cards found in the possession of three Chinese arrested in this border province on June 11 together with about 500 mobile phones.
The three Chinese told police that they provided services to clients who wanted to promote their merchandises or services in the social media by using the mobile phones and SIM cards to score “like” to increase the viewership.
They were initially charged with working in Thailand without work permits.
National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission secretary-general Takorn Tanthasit, meanwhile, said officials from his office would be sent to Aranyaprathet to investigate whether the seized SIM cards were properly registered with any of the mobile phone service providers in the country or not.
The NBTC has sought help from DTAC, AIS and True, the country’s three major mobile phone service providers to help determine the origins of the SIM cards and how the three Chinese managed to get hold of a massive amount of SIM cards.
Mr Narupon Rattanasamaharn, senior director for state business relations of DTAC, said that it was not illegal for anybody to buy a large amount of SIM cards by showing their ID cards or passports in case the buyers are foreigners.
He assumed that most of the SIM cards in the possession of the three Chinese were pre-paid SIM cards.